Kawaii Pastels with Maenon

On the other side of the Harajuku kind of kawaii spectrum is retro-girly style, something I used to be sooo crazy about when Popteen was my bible! If you’ve been following my style transformations through the years, you’d definitely understand what I’m talking about.

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Speaking of Popteen, I was also lucky enough to experience this side of kawaii with Popteen model, Maeda Nozomi-san a.k.a. Maenon! Thanks NHK for the opportunity!

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She brought me to this stylish nail salon in Nishi Azabu called Marvelous Nail. It’s a very popular nail salon that a lot of models go to! What a dream come true, considering I would normally just see these models on magazines. Who would’ve thought I’d be able to go to the same nail salon as them?

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You can never go wrong with pink gel nails for spring. 

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The gingham was created using airbrush, and the heart on my left thumb is actually 3D! Japanese nail art, why so awesome? The gold accents were added in consideration to my otona kawaii style.

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Had taiyaki for the first time too! So yummy! Where have you been all my life? I was so happy my recent flight from Osaka to Manila served taiyaki for dessert!

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After our little nail session, she showed me around the main streets of Harajuku.

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We went into Laforet (a famous shopping mall in Harajuku), and introduced me to her favorite store, evelyn. The shop staff were all wearing the latest spring trends already, even if spring was yet to come. So advanced!

Black and white gingham is classic!

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Big sister, little sister fashion. I don’t have a sister, but I felt like I had one in Maeda Nozomi-san after spending the whole day with her. Her bubbly personality was contagious! So this is what it’s like to have a little sister!

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Same items in different colors, yet the effect is totally different. Styling does wonders. Kawaii can definitely transcend age and personal style. 

So happy to be sharing this with everyone! Thanks for all those who tuned in the last two episodes of Kawaii International. Finally able to cross appearing on Japanese TV off my bucketlist.